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Petrissage: A Tension-Relieving Technique

Swedish massage's five basic movements yield a bounty of benefits. Find out more about the massage's kneading technique, petrissage, with Groupon?s introduction.

Kneading, rolling, and squeezing?this, in a few words, is petrissage, a type of Swedish massage technique that focuses on compression and release. Working in combination with Swedish massage's five other movements, these deep-reaching motions are designed to lift soft tissue away from its underlying structures, effectively stretching muscles and other soft tissues and promoting circulation so all your blood doesn?t pile up in your elbows. Specific maneuvers include kneading with the whole hand, using the thumbs to apply pressure to thinner tissue, and rolling skin between the fingers to prevent it from adhering to the fascia (that is, sheets of connective tissue) below and causing stiffness. Massage oil or cream is often used to help these strokes glide smoothly and avoid pinching the skin. Petrissage, like Swedish massage in general, often results in increased muscle mobility, improved peristaltic, or bowel, movement when performed on the abdomen and, of course, a sense of noodly relaxation.

4409 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

When she was a host of Philadelphia morning news program ?Eye Opener,? Marlie Hall consumed her fair share of coffee, donuts, and other breakfast goodies. Between her love for food, her job, and her lifestyle though, she didn?t think she could ever drop the weight she had put on from those treats. But through her efforts, she surprised herself?and the staff of the weight loss clinic?by losing 21 pounds. In her video testimony, she also attributes much of her success to her program?s herbal supplements, which she says curbed her appetite and filled her with energy.

Marlie?s journey is much like other success stories shared by Soza Clinic clients who have chosen its medically supervised weight loss programs. Based on client needs, a program may include nutritional counseling, personal training, and psychological or psychiatric counseling. Clients may also benefit from vitamin B12 injections or other products that can help boost energy and increase metabolism. Along with specific programs, the clinic also offers skin-tightening and body-contouring treatments that use radio frequency energy to stimulate lymphatic drainage and shrink fat cells.

The Medical Arts Building
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.

3943 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Signature Service: Aromatherapy signature service
Brands Used: Pamper Me Body Scrubs
Established: 2008
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Effective and licensed massage therapists offering stress and pain relieving massage therapy services.
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1226 North 52nd Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

In their urban chic salon, The Weave Bar’s staff fills hands with complimentary beverages before filling conversation with hair talk. Specializing in weaves, they have a lot to say, and can transform looks almost instantly with their signature sew-in weaves. They also execute modern cuts and nourish tresses with conditioners and keratin treatments, customizing services to each customer’s needs.

444 S 52nd St, Ste 1
Philadelphia,
PA
US

With more than two decades of experience, Evolve's stylists know how to create the right look for any occasion. They apply radiant bridal makeup just as skillfully as they create special effect wounds to complement Halloween costumes or corroborate doctor's notes given to suspicious bosses. They also help keep the skin beneath the makeup healthy and clear with corrective facials and facial waxing. Other services include numerous hairstyling treatments–sew-in weaves, protein masks, and relaxers are a few options.

2548 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US